- Key players missing in second Test and uncertain for third Test
- Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Mohammed Shami out of action
- Shreyas Iyer’s participation in doubt due to injury
- Iyer likely to head to NCA for further tests
- Expected return for IPL
Team India’s chances in the ongoing five-match series against England have been dealt another blow as they could be without middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer for the remaining three Tests. In addition to the absence of key players Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Mohammed Shami in the second Test, Iyer’s participation in the upcoming third Test is in doubt due to an injury. This news further adds to the uncertainty surrounding the Indian team’s lineup.
Key Players Missing
In the second Test, Team India was without the services of Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli. Jadeja and Rahul were sidelined with injuries sustained in the first Test, while Kohli is on leave due to personal reasons. Fast-bowler Mohammed Shami is also sidelined with an injury. Their absence significantly weakened the team, and their return for the third Test remains uncertain.
Shreyas Iyer’s Injury
Adding to India’s woes, Shreyas Iyer is facing an injury concern that could rule him out of the crucial third Test. According to reports, Iyer has complained of stiffness in his back and pain in the groin area while playing forward defence. These issues have prompted him to inform the team management and medical staff, leading to doubts about his participation in the Test series.
Further Tests at NCA
Shreyas Iyer is expected to head to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore for further tests on his injury. While his involvement in the Test series remains uncertain, it is believed that he will be fit in time for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Iyer missed the entirety of last year’s IPL due to a back injury and will be eager to make a successful comeback this year.
The absence of key players and the potential loss of Shreyas Iyer for the remaining three Tests against England pose significant challenges for Team India. With the selectors set to announce the squad for the upcoming Test, it remains to be seen how the team will cope with these setbacks. Fans and cricket enthusiasts eagerly await updates on the availability of players and hope for a competitive and exciting series.